Term 2 schooling arrangements

Term 2 schooling arrangements

Schools are safe and open for learning - Week 4, Term 2 onwards

The State Government committed to a review of learning arrangements ahead of Week 4. 

As a result of consultation and review of current arrangements, combined with the latest health advice, a further easing of restrictions in public schools can now be implemented.   

From Monday 18 May, all Western Australian public school students will be required to return to school. 

  • The exception is where a student cannot attend school based on medical advice for them or a member of their household. These students will continue to learn from home and will be supported by their schools and the Department of Education.
  • Students who do not return to school from 18 May, without a medical reason, will no longer be provided with learning packages and they will be marked absent.
  • School activities may resume in line with the latest health advice, including essential student health and wellbeing services.
  • In line with AHPPC advice to reduce out of facility visits, students may only leave on the weekend, at the discretion of the Principal or Manager.
  • Students in residential facilities will be now permitted to return home at weekends at the discretion of the principal.
  • For Year 12 students, the 2020 ATAR course written exams will go ahead as scheduled from 2 November and will take the same form as previous years.
  • Parents will receive individual feedback about their child's progress for Semester 1 however, schools will not be required to report using the usual A to E report format.
  • Strict environmental cleaning throughout the school day, including high-touch surfaces and playground equipment will continue, as will reinforced hygiene measures.

Parents and carers will be able to enter school grounds to drop off or pick up their children from Saturday 6 June.

The State Government is investing in additional teachers to support those students who for medical reasons will learn from home and specialist staff will be employed to help students reconnect with their school.

Individual schools will provide further information to their parents and carers on how each school will manage these changes.

Going forward arrangements for schools will be considered in line with our phased approach and roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions in our State. As always, State Government decisions will be based on the best health advice.

Health and hygiene

Arrangements will be in place for Term 2 with regard to safety, to reduce direct contact, enhance personal hygiene practices, and strengthen cleaning regimes in our schools.

  • The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority and there is an additional $43 million invested into cleaning.
  • All schools will have cleaning staff working throughout the day to ensure all high-use areas, such as benchtops, desks, doorknobs, taps and hand rails, are regularly cleaned and surfaces disinfected.
  • Playgrounds will be open and play equipment will be cleaned before school and after each break.
  • Supplies of soap and other cleaning agents are available for all schools.
  • Students and staff will be encouraged to wash their hands as often as possible.

Schools can choose to implement staggered starts, breaks and meal times to reduce contact. The latest national medical advice confirms that the four square metre rule and the 1.5 metre distancing between students during classroom activities is not required. Canteens will provide take away services only.

Premier's Media Statement - 29 May 2020: Phase 3 of COVID-19 roadmap to commence from Saturday June 6

Premier's Media Statement - 14 May 2020: All WA students to return to school from next week

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advice on reducing the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools (24 April 2020).

Updated Advice from the Chief Health Officer - Information on schools and early childhood centres for parents.

Updated Advice from the Chief Health Officer - Information on schools and early childhood centres for principals, teachers, educators and support staff.

 

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